Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger 

When monk's favorite singer, Willie Nelson, is suspected of murdering his tour manager, Monk steps in to clear his name.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Richardson ...
Wendy Maas
David Anderson ...
Jason 'Sonny' Cross
Terry T
Jay 'Mad Dog' Michaels ...
Kenny Freedman
Bruce McFee ...
Jody Payne ...
Band member #1 (Jody)
Bee Spears ...
Band member #2 (Bee)
Mickey Raphael ...
Band member #3 (Mickey)
Jonathan Wilson ...
Young Promoter


Country singer Willie Nelson, who portrays himself, becomes the prime suspect when his manager is murdered, but the only witness is a blind woman who claims to have overheard a scuffle and can identify Willie as the murderer by his voice. At first Stottlemeyer (who is on the case despite a broken arm) is reluctant to arrest the famous singer on such shaky evidence, but a video tape convinces him that Willie must indeed be guilty. But for Monk, the fact that a note used to lure the victim to his death refers to him as "J. Cross" while Willie refers to him as "Sonny" casts doubt on the blind woman's story. Determined for the sake of his dead wife, Trudy, a devoted fan, to prove the singer innocent, Monk interviews the blind woman and investigates the manager's less than reputable background, searching for the clue he needs to clear the singer's name. Written by WyattJones

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Tony Shalhoub actually plays the clarinet. Though not a clarinetist, he was taught to play the simple piece used in the show's ending. See more »


When Monk puts the brand new mouthpiece on the clarinet, he immediately puts it to his mouth and starts playing. Reed instruments require the reed to be wet before using. See more »


Processing guard: [SPOILER]
[a processing guard releases the streaker from jail]
Processing guard: Lady Godiva, it's your lucky day. Somebody made your bail. Lucky.
[the next day, Monk, Sharona, Stottlemeyer and Disher are in the park, watching Wendy Maas]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: What's she doing here?
Adrian Monk: I-I asked her to meet me.
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Well, do you mind telling me why?
Adrian Monk: You'll see. Just wait.
[the streaker is about to jog by. Stottlemeyer spots him and is visibly angered to find that he's been released]
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: Sone of a bitch. He's back. Lieutenant, call the 23rd. Get a ...
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »


On The Road Again
Written and performed by Willie Nelson
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Enjoyable episode
20 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I liked this episode, but mainly because of who the 'stranger' was. It is unlikely that Monk would be a country fan I think, but he plays the clarinet in this episode and I've got a soft spot for the clarinet. It is painful to watch him (Monk) attempt to play the instrument after someone else tongues the reed, but that is par for the course with this show. It's these elements that make it a show above the usual detective fare. But again, the person that is the suspect is obvious from the start, it's just left up to Monk to tell us how it was done. I give up on caring about the crimes but love to watch Monk and Sharona interact and think they are the best duo in a long, long time on television.

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